Google, NASA & FAA to be Opening Keynote at Drone World Expo

The upcoming Drone World Expo is opening with a keynote from officials with NASA, Google and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who will provide an update on the vision for safely enabling low-altitude unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations for commercial markets.

The session will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the San Jose Convention Center and will be moderated by Gretchen West, senior advisor on technology and innovation for Hogan Lovells and national advisory chairperson for UAVUS. West is also serving as master of ceremonies for Drone World Expo.

Panelists will include as follows:

  • Dr. Dave Vos, Google X’s Project Wing lead;
  • Parimal (PK) Kopardekar, manager of NASA’s Safe Autonomous System Operations project; and
  • Marke “Hoot” Gibson, the recently appointed senior advisor on UAS integration for the FAA.

“The unmanned aircraft traffic management program (UTM) is a cutting-edge program that will safely integrate drones into the airspace with other aircraft seamlessly. The collaboration between government and industry is propelling this program forward, but it is not without challenges,” says West.

“We look forward to hearing what is possible now and what lies ahead,” notes Joel Davis, president of JD Events, producer of the event. “This extraordinary panel will share the latest information on how drones can enhance our attendees’ businesses today and what traffic management for unmanned aircraft will look like in the future.”

Each day of Drone World Expo will kick off with a keynote presentation, followed by a full day of panels and case studies.


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